Irish Film Set to Take Centrestage at 2018 Irish Film Festival London

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Irish Film Set to Take Centrestage at 2018 Irish Film Festival London

Posted: 19th November 2018

Returning for its eighth year, the Irish Film Festival London (IFFL) presents Ireland’s latest mainstream and independent films over 5 days across London with exclusive previews, panel discussions and director’s Q&As. Beginning on 21 November, the festival will present a series of new Irish titles, with a wide variety of Screen Ireland-supported features, documentaries and shorts included in the line-up.

Having recently announced Colin Farrell as its latest patron, IFFL is on a roll that’s not about to stop any time soon, given the growing strength and influence of Ireland’s talent on the global film industry.

Speaking about this year’s line-up, Kelly O’Connor, Director of Irish Film Festival London said, “Ireland’s place in the global film industry is growing year by year, whether as a location for some of the most high-profile productions of recent times, or through the extraordinary quality of the talent and output being generated. Having received a raft of quality submissions for the Festival, our 2018 programme genuinely has something for everyone, including fans of comedies and thrillers, soundtrack and live music aficionados, documentary devotees, through to young children and family audiences.

“Once again, we have very strong female representation in the programme —  in front of and behind the camera — particularly among the two shorts programmes, which indicates to me that the future of Irish Film will boast an abundance of world-class female directors and producers.

Screen Ireland titles at the 2018 Irish Film Festival London include:

21 Nov, 19:00, Regent Street Cinema

Under the Clock + Smithy & Dickie:

UK Premiere + Q&A

Under the Clock | Colm Nicell | Snackbox Films
This film tells the life-affirming stories of a generation of people whose relationships began under one of Ireland’s most iconic landmarks, Clerys clock. Be taken back in time to the days of the Dublin dance halls, courting, sneaking out to meet a fella, and the heart-racing times spent waiting, not knowing if they would turn up...

Smithy & Dickie (short film) | Hannah Quinn | Savage Productions
A celebration of love letters written in the 1940’s and young people’s reactions to them, and an exploration of how the current explosion of digital information may be obliterating our most precious memories.

22 Nov, 19:00, Regent Street Cinema

The Little Stranger | Lenny Abrahamson | Element Pictures
After a doctor is called to visit a crumbling manor, strange things begin to occur. The Little Stranger tells the story of Dr. Faraday (Domhnall Gleeson), the son of a housemaid, who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country doctor. During the long, hot summer of 1948, he is called to see a patient at Hundreds Hall, where his mother once worked. The Hall has been home to the Ayres family for more than two centuries, but now it is in decline and its inhabitants - mother, son and daughter - are haunted by something more ominous than a dying way of life. When he takes on his new patient, Faraday has no idea how closely, and how disturbingly, the family’s story is about to become entwined with his own.

23 Nov, 17:30, Regent Street Cinema

Take Me Swimming (short film) | Claire Dix | Feenish Productions
A son must overcome his own conflicted feelings and honour his father’s intentions to keep his mother alive, despite her expressed with to the contrary.

23 Nov, 19:30,  Regent Street Cinema

Metal Heart | Hugh O’Conor | Treasure Entertainment
Sisters Emma and Chantal are worlds apart. Emma is self-conscious, angry at the world and unsure of which path to take in life, while Chantal is beautiful, confident, and knows exactly where her life is headed. When their parents go away, their simmering sibling rivalry threatens to boil over, as they try out new versions of themselves and compete for the affections of the same guy.

This is a Special Preview Screening. Tickets only available via Irish Film London directly. Please contact info@irishfilmfestivallondon.com to enquire.

24 Nov, 16:00, Curzon Bloomsbury

The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid | Feargal Ward | FSE Films | UK Premiere + Q&A
For years, the farmer Thomas Reid has been locked in a gruelling battle with his neighbour, U.S. microchip manufacturer Intel. The multinational wants to expand and has its eye on Reid’s land. Eager to boost employment in the region, the Irish authorities are doing their utmost to force Reid into a sale. But the farmer has no intention of leaving his 300-year-old ancestral home, where he lives alone, surrounded by cows and chickens. Fergal Ward’s documentary shows this tenacious eccentric to be a formidable opponent of the system.

24 Nov, 19:30, Regent Street Cinema

Rosie | Paddy Breathnach | Element Pictures
Irish writer Roddy Doyle was compelled back to script-writing for this Dublin-set drama, which tells a story, inspired by too many true stories in modern Ireland, of Rosie, a devoted mother of four, over a period of 36 hours as she and her partner, John Paul, and their family tries to cope with unexpected homelessness.

25 Nov, 16:30, Regent Street Cinema

Aithrí (Penance) | Tom Collins | Zansibar Films
Father Eoin O’Donnell (Peter Coonan) is unambiguous about the need to use violence to force Britain out of Ireland and influences a young, impressionable boy, Antaine, to fight in the 1916 Rising. Fifty years later, as ‘The Troubles’ devastates Northern Ireland, Antaine arrives in Derry as an experienced gunman. This appearance throws Eoin back to the cause of his breakdown in 1916.

The 2018 Irish Film Festival London run from 21 – 25 November and tickets to screenings can be purchased from www.regentstreetcinema.com and www.curzoncinemas.com/bloomsbury.

To read more about the Irish Film London Awards, which took place last week, please click here.